Nokia, the once formidable, seemingly unbeatable phone maker has entangled itself up with Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform full-time now. Even then, the Finnish company says last goodbyes to its last shipment of Symbian powered phones, the same OS that brought them greatness and then ultimately lead to the company’s downfall.
A report at Financial Times says that Nokia is sending its final shipment of Symbian powered phones out the door this summer. Symbian has been the steps to Nokia’s success and ultimately, their downfall. Their failure to innovate and improve with the Symbian^3 OS ultimately forced the company to succumb to Microsoft’s endless cash, and the company now makes Lumia branded Windows Phones for a living. Of course, Nokia hasn’t abandoned low-end Asha (running Nokia OS) feature phones (Asha 501 anyone?) which still account for a greater part of the company’s shipments. Only in Q4 2012 did the former Finnish giants attain the goal of shipping more Windows Phone devices than Symbian ones.
A big reason why Nokia adopted Windows Phone was the long development cycle, a whole of 22 months of hard work was put into the last of the Symbian phones (Check out the brilliant PureView 808). With Windows Phone, the development cycle dropped to a much lesser (and money friendly) 7 months.
“It took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year. We spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference, such as around photography, maps, music and apps in general.”-Nokia
Years after becoming the official partners of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, Nokia has managed to carve a niche out for themselves. As each day passes, an increasing number of people begin to associate Windows Phone with Nokia’s Lumia brand (good for them). Currently, the company is hard at work to produce the best camera-phone across all ecosystems. With the rumored Nokia EOS 41 MP PureView phone nearly out of the house, we would place all our bets on the Finnish company. Seems like the tide is turning, again.